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Rayon Riot by Stephen Baumbach
Rayon Riot by Stephen Baumbach

Rayon Riot, 2017

Stephen Baumbach

This enchanting work of light and color — brilliant, twisting ribbons like silk scarves, frozen mid-gesture — is illuminated against a deep black background. We could be looking at remnants of smoke hanging in the air, or a long exposure of a dancer in motion. The artist doesn’t reveal his source material, allowing us to imagine what inspired this image. His most important subjects are ephemeral: movement, light, and color. Time is elastic — it’s as if we’re seeing past and present motion at the same time, arrested in a suspended swirl.

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